Why the Chiefs shouldn’t expect much from Orlando Scandrick
By Matt Conner
If the Chiefs happen to sign cornerback Orlando Scandrick during his visit, one Cowboys writer warns fans not to expect much at all.
The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly meeting with Orlando Scandrick on Wednesday if Ian Rapoport’s news update is correct, as they were the first team that seized the opportunity to bring in the recently released veteran cornerback.
The Chiefs are looking for potential help at corner as they’ve also brought in Bashaud Breeland in recent weeks. The Chiefs have a predictable trio at the top of the depth chart led by Kendall Fuller, Steven Nelson and David Amerson, but there’s a lot of uncertainty and lack of experience behind those guys—as well as potential questions even about the aforementioned players.
Scandrick was let go by the Washington Redskins earlier this week despite the fact that he never played a single snap of meaningful football for them. The Dallas Cowboys let him walk after the 2017 season after putting in nine full years with the team and Washington signed him once free agency began. However, Washington cited the development of their young corners as reasons they could release Scandrick back to the open market.
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To gain a bit more insight into Scandrick’s play in recent years and what he might have left in the tank, we asked Cowboys expert Steven Mullenax from our sister site The Landry Hat about Scandrick’s future. Warning: the answers aren’t likely what you want to hear.
Scandrick has been with the Cowboys for a long time. Why finally let him walk after 9 years?
Orlando Scandrick was never the same player after suffering a devastating knee injury (ACL, MCL) that robbed him of his entire 2015 season. Prior to that injury, Scandrick was arguably the team’s top defender. Last season, the Cowboys added several young defensive backs that made it very apparent that the veteran cornerback was past his prime.
He comes with plenty of experience from what I can tell outside and inside. Is that true and where does he fare better?
At this point of his career, it’s inside due to his overall lack of speed. Look for him to play the slot.
What would you expect Scandrick to offer a new team at this point in his career?
Not much. Scandrick was not much of a locker room leader while in Dallas. Certainly passionate about his own play and an overachiever, Scandrick has always been a defender with a chip on his shoulder having something to prove. His latest release has likely only increased the size of that chip. But I think his age and injuries have taken their toll. At most, I believe he can be a veteran backup in the slot on a very needy secondary.
If you had to predict the potential contract terms for a new deal…
One-year, veteran minimum or very something close.